Rolwaling trekking is one of the popular and demanding treks in the western part of Khumbu region. It is a high mountain valley between Everest and Langtang. The trail passes through many mountains and valleys of Nepal-Tibetan border with the magnificent views of Gaurishankar and Dorje Lakpa.
The 20 day’s trek is done usually during March – May and September – December for their clear weather and glorious views along with the green vegetation. The trek is strenuous as it goes up to an elevation of 6100 m.
The main destination of the trek is Rolwaling valley and Pachermo peak. Rolwaling is one of the seven hidden valleys in the region. The rarely explored trail passes from low agricultural lands to high mountains with moraines, waterfalls, and streams. We explore Tso Rolpa, the largest glacier lake of Nepal, along with the hanging glaciers, and traditional villages.
The main residents are Tamangs even though Sherpa and Chhetri villages are also found in the trails. We get a glimpse into the unique lifestyles of these people. The myths about Yeti (the abominable snowman) and the Rolwaling valley being a grave (with the dead bodies buried between the steep ice-giants) are famous here.
Rolwaling trekking begins with a tour of Kathmandu and continues through villages to mountains of Khumbu region. It is a trek that provides an eclectic experience naturally and culturally. The main highlights of the trip are the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Gaurishankar, and others in the region. The trekking combined with the expedition of Pachermo peak makes the trip a challenging and unforgettable experience.
On this day, you will land at Tribhuvan International Airport. From TIA, we will transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with authentic Nepali cuisine.
You will have a guided tour of the capital city on this day. We can visit various sacred temples and UNESCO-listed sites. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa are the most famous of all sites. The monuments of the Durbar Squares are also culturally and aesthetically important. The temples, palaces, and museums have been damaged after the earthquake but many are still open to tourists.
We take a long drive from Kathmandu to Gogarkhola. It is a typical Hindu village from where Gaurishankar is visible in the background.
From Gogarkhola, we stick to the northern side of the trek as we gain altitude. We pass through terraced fields to finally reach Simigaon. The residents are Sherpa and Tamang with their unique cultures. The Tibetan monastery perched on top of the hill, above all the houses in the village, is a huge attraction. We spend the night here enjoying Gaurishankar in the background.
From Simigaon, we enter the Rolwaling valley after passing through rhododendron and bamboo forests. As we move ahead admiring the beautiful sceneries, we reach the Gyalche village. Eventually, we descend back to the river and set up camp to spend the night.
As we climb the forested valley, we move to tropical alpine vegetation. The excellent mountain vistas will keep us occupied the entire trek as we enter Beding. Beding is a small village where the mountaineer Sherpas lives. Rolwaling’s highest summit, Melungtse, is visible from Beding. We can enjoy Chhyang (Barley beer) and yak butter tea prepared by the locals here. A historic Buddhist monastery at the center of the village is another site to visit. We spend the night in Beding.
We rest on this day to acclimatize to the increasing altitudes of the trek. We can choose to hike to Malung la pass at 5616m. We enjoy the hypnotizing view of mountains, glaciers, and forests in the valley. We also get to mingle with the residents and learn about their culture and lifestyles.
From Beding, we take a gentle climb on the northern side of Rolwaling River until we reach Kharka in Dhogre. As we continue, the valley opens and becomes a u-shaped prairie. Then, we pass through Mani stones covered with prayer flags. There is also a large rock with Bodhisattva painted on it. A short walk takes us to the stone-walled Na, a small settlement where people only live during summer. It is situated just below Tso Rolpa Glacier Lake. We see some impressive peaks including Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m), and Yalung RI (5630m). We spend the night here.
We leave the village in the morning and cross a wooden bridge to get to the left bank of Rolwaling River. After a while, the trail turns into a steep ascent with Edelweiss growing on the sides. We move through two glaciers and ablation valley to finally reach Tso Rolpa Glacier Lake.
From Tso Rolpa, it is a steep climb on ice and snow to reach the flat Drolumbau icefall at 4785m. Then we trek through Tashi Lapcha pass, which is a tricky and demanding high pass. It falls in the Rolwaling region and is mostly enclosed in ice. After a while, we reach Pachermo Base camp (4800m) where we spend the night below the starry skies.
From the base camp, we climb up to High camp at an elevation of 5700 m. We complete the ascent slowly, acclimatizing to the higher elevations. We spend the night at high camp to prepare for the summit next day.
Finally, we begin our expedition to the summit of Pachermo. The ascent might be tricky that requires ropes and some technical knowledge. The difficult climb is rewarded by the magnificent Khumbu peaks in the distance including Everest and Manaslu. This day is one of the most exciting and challenging of the trek.
Then, we take the route back to Tashi Lapcha Phedi passing through the Tashi Lapcha pass.
Today, we make a pleasant descent through rhododendron and oak forests. Before entering Thame, we can visit a beautiful monastery on the hillside. Thame is a Sherpa village that lays on the Tibetan route for traders and their yak caravans.
On this day, we enjoy the completion of difficult trekking in Thame. We interact with the Sherpa of the village and explore the monasteries of the village. We can see Mt. Makalu, Ama Dablam and Lumding from here. We can also visit Thengpo, a place of great rural value to the people.
We follow the trail across Bhotekoshi River where we first make a gentle descent and then a steep one before crossing a bridge to Dudh Koshi. We pass through many villages and teashops before reaching Namche. Namche is another Sherpa village which also has the national park headquarters. We enjoy the panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks including the magnificent Mount Everest.
From Namche, we follow a difficult descent over ridges past rocky cliffs to Dudh Koshi River. After a high suspension bridge, the trail flattens and passes through lush green landscapes to reach Phakding. We can enjoy the mountain views throughout the trail.
From Phakding, it is a short and easy trek to Lukla. We enjoy the sceneries and crowded trails as we descend and trek through a leveled trail. We finally reach Lukla where we spend the night.
We take our flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The airport is one of the most dangerous and exciting airports in the world. The short runway with a hill before it makes the take off exciting. Then we reach the capital city where we spend the night.
We can visit the sites in Kathmandu like Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar square. They are famous for their palaces, museums and other architectural monuments. This is a good opportunity to buy souvenirs: statues, paintings, thangka, pashmina, etc.
On the day of departure, our representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the airport. We would like to welcome you again to explore the treasures of Nepal.
What is Included
- Airport pick up drop by car or Microbus.
- Four nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with tea & coffee.
- Guided city tour Kathmandu valley by private vehicle including entrance fees.
- Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent and climbing equipment rope, ice axe and other required equipmenst for pachermo (6100m).
- Boiled and purified drinking water for the trek.
- Bus to Gogarkhola and Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Special trekking and climbing permit for Rolwaling, Sagarmatha National Park permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
- A Government Licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, cook, kitchen helper, required number of porters, climbing Sherpa and their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicines and their transport.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Sleeping Bags, Down Jackets and Walking Pole (if you don’t have your own).
- All Government Taxes and office expenses.
What is Excluded
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
- International airfare.
- Your Travel & Medical Insurance.
- Cold drinks, alcoholic beverage and desserts.
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone, internet and battery charging.
- Tips for Trekking staff and driver(Tips is expected).
- Other expenses which are not mention on include section.
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for travelling in to Nepal. we suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with worldnomad.com they have good policy for Nepal.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What doI need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.
what currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 25% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.